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November Round-up

Posted on December 01, 2011 by samh

In November, Jonathan Wilson revisited the legend that was Brian Clough in Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography. It claimed to be ‘the final word’ on the man, while the Sunday Times hailed it as “the most comprehensive account we have had of this remarkable man so far”.


As Norwich City continue, at the time of writing, to make good progress in the Premier League, Edward Couzens-Lake’s new book takes a look back at past seasons in the top flight. Fantasy Football: Reflections of Norwich City’s Astonishing Premier League Seasons reflects, game by game, on the 1992/1993 season and what followed, including new and exclusive interviews from the players and officials involved with the club then, as well as the supporters.

Meanwhile, the story of how Brighton overcame decades of homelessness to finally play in their own purpose-built stadium is told in We Want Falmer: How Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, and Its Fans, United to Build a Stadium (Build a Bonfire).

Scottish fans will no doubt be interested in the new edition of The Encyclopaedia of Scottish Football, three years after it was first released. The second edition not only contains an entry for every club that has ever participated in the Scottish League, it includes entries for each club in the Highland League, East of Scotland League and South of Scotland League, and even gives information about fondly remembered teams from years gone by such as Glenbuck Cherrypickers, Inverness Citadel, Tarff Rovers and Vale Ocoba. Phil Jones and David Potter’s painstaking research includes all of Scotland’s international matches, Scottish Cup finals and Scottish League Cup finals are detailed, as well as Scottish caps, regional trophies, amateur leagues and the record of Scottish clubs in Europe.

Staying with Scotland, Hibernian: From Joe Baker to Turnbull’s Tornadoes begins in the turbulent 1960s with the club in serious decline, culminating in relegation only being avoided at Easter Road on the final day of the 1963-64 season. The appointment of Jock Stein in 1964 saw an immediate improvement and the Hibs team of the mid-1960s featured an all-Scottish international forward line. The return of player Eddie Turnbull as manager in 1971 saw the emergence of possibly Hibs greatest-ever side. Aberdeen FC Who’s Who profiles every one of the post-war players to have featured in competitive action for the Dons’ first team as well as delving further into the past to examine a select band of the leading lights in the pre-war era.

Kit fans – and Chelsea kit fans in particular – will enjoy Blue Is The Collar (nice pun there, although it is in some ways unfortunate as blue-collar workers can no longer afford the extortionate prices it costs to get in to Stamford Bridge these days). The book takes fans on a journey from the very first Eton Blue strip in 1905 to the famous Royal blue jerseys of today, featuring some wonderfully colourful away shirts along the way.

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